Friday, November 27, 2015
November is National Adoption Month!  Adoption is very important to me.  When I was 8 years old, my mother remarried and my step-father signed documents to make me his daughter legally.  This adoption was one of the best things that happened to me because I learned that a person can take full responsibility for a child and love them unconditionally whether or not they're of the same genetic makeup.  People like this are one of a kind and this month highlights how thankful we are for them, as well as all the work involved to care for displaced children in the US.
There are 415,000 children in the U.S. foster care system and 108,000 are waiting to be adopted. AdoptUSKids maintains a national photo listing service for children waiting to be adopted. Since the project launched in 2002, more than 25,000 children who were once photo listed on have been adopted and nearly 38,000 families have registered to adopt through the website. Nevertheless, older youth are disproportionately represented – approximately 41 percent of children and youth photo listed on are between 15 and 18 years old, but only 17 percent of those adopted have been in this age group.

   Older youth and teens have lower adoption rates than younger children, and they often wait longer to be adopted. But no matter their age, all kids need a supportive, loving home and the teenage years are a critical period for growth. The new TV PSAs, which were created for the campaign probono, portray a dad giving advice to his teenage daughter after her first breakup, and a mom giving her son a haircut at home. The humorous, lighthearted scenarios aim to overcome fears adoptive parents may have regarding their own imperfections. The PSAs end with the tagline, “You don’t have to be perfect to be a perfect parent,” reassuring prospective parents that even if they are not ‘perfect’, they have the ability to provide the stability and security that older youth in foster care need and deserve. 
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, AdoptUSKids, and the Ad Council are asking for your help in spreading the word about a new PSA campaign that encourages prospective parents to adopt older youth from foster care. The theme for National Adoption Month is, "We Never Outgrow the Need for Family." That's because older children and youth still have many big milestones in their life they need a family for.
Take a look at the following videos!

Some Misperceptions about Adoption from Foster Care: 
 Adoption is expensive. Unlike the private adoption of an infant or adopting internationally, there are virtually no costs associated with adoption from the US child welfare system. In addition, the vast majority of youth adopted from foster care are also eligible for monthly adoption assistance up to the level of the foster care rate.
You have to be married. You do not have to be married to adopt in most states. Many children have been very successfully adopted by single parents. Single-parent families accounted for 29 percent of all adoptions from foster care in 2014 (AFCARS).
You have to have a college degree. Having a high school diploma or college education is not required. What is important is that you are stable, flexible, and compassionate, and that you have a good sense of humor. Most importantly, you must have the support and commitment to raise a child and to be there for him throughout his life.
You have to own a home and each child has to have their own room. You can rent your home or live in an apartment or a mobile home so long as your living situation is a stable one.
You have to be of child-bearing age to adopt. Experienced parents and empty-nesters are encouraged to adopt. In most instances, you’re eligible to adopt regardless of age, income, marital status or sexual orientation.
You can only adopt a child who is the same race and ethnicity as you. Federal law prohibits the delay or denial of an adoptive placement based on the race or ethnicity of a child in U.S. foster care and the prospective parent or parents who are seeking to adopt them. The only exception to this law is the adoption of Native American children where special considerations apply.
You can’t adopt if you’re in the military. Military families stationed overseas and within the U.S. are eligible to adopt children from the U.S. foster care system.
You can call 1-888-200-4005 (English) or 1-877-236-7831 (Spanish) to receive the latest information about the foster care system and the adoption process. Please take a moment to support AdoptUSKids on Facebook and FOLLOW on Twitter.
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Tuesday, November 24, 2015
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Keeping our children safe and healthy is top priority as a parent. We all want what's best for our children and it's important to be aware of what our little ones may come in contact with.  Parents today are becoming increasingly cautious of potentially dangerous chemicals in their households. More families are exploring natural alternatives and are noticing improvements in their health and well-being after making these substitutions.
In 2015, I have focused on finding reliable, eco-friendly health products with the Make it Green in 2015 campaign.  We have made quite an impact throughout the year by making several small changes. Since we are expecting #4 in May, I was thinking about bath time and how to make it the best experience for both baby and me.  I am happy to share that I discovered a few companies that care just as much as I do about the health of my family, as well as about Earth!  They are generously sponsoring this event with prizes described below.  Click the links to read the reviews.
BALM! Baby- Fresh Out of the Tub
Taylor's Pure and Natural- Toothpaste and Tooth Powder (ARV $27.44)

WooBamboo Eco Toothbrushes- 2 packs of SPROUTS kids toothbrushes (ARV $11.90)
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Monday, November 23, 2015
Bath time is a fun time- baby gets to soak in nice warm water with mom or dad making over them, getting to play with special bath toys and of course, bubbles. When they're finished, they're cocooned in a soft warm towel and snuggled in your arms.  This is such a great way to bond with your baby!
Several years back, a friend let me know about the potentially harmful chemicals in a popular name brand baby bath soap, which concerned me.  I never thought about chemicals during bath time with my baby before.  It really opened my eyes to look into every element I introduce to my child.  We've been through several changes in our family this year, removing toxins and making more ecologically friendly decisions.  To learn more about our experience, visit the Make it Green in 2015 campaign page.
In textiles, brominated flame retardants (BFR's) are often added to reduce flammability.  These chemicals have been linked to reproductive problems (1), birth defects, cancer (2) and have little proof backing up that they actually provide any benefit in a fire. "80 percent of the baby items tested were found to contain flame retardant chemicals" (3) including baby tubs, bassinets, car seats, towels and clothing.  After a bath, when skin is the most porous, the effects that this chemical can have on your little one are frightening.  Using chemical-free, organic towels and clothing can significantly reduce exposure to BFR's and help your family live a healthier, greener way.
I decided my family definitely needs better, but I only came up with a handful of manufacturers when I searched for organic bamboo baby towels.  So you can imagine my excitement when I found Little Lily Bamboo, ran by Jade Steckly, a WAHM based out of Dawson Creek, Canada.
Here's a little introduction of Jade from Little Lily Bamboo, "I started my business 6 years ago. I had been looking for a business of some sort to start, but didn't think I could do anything. A friend expressed a need for good quality kids washcloths one day, and I saw an opportunity. After some research, I settled on using bamboo fabric and taught myself to sew over the next months. I quickly moved into towels and swaddling blankets, once I had sourced just the right fabric. My kids motivate and inspire me. I also have a few friends who love my products, and help brainstorm new ideas. I'm also addicted to online fabric shopping, lol!"
The Etsy store is impressive, to say the least.  Not only can you tell how passionate she is about providing children with the most natural, comfortable and safe bath time products, she also wants these products to be personable to you.  I just love the adorable, fashionable printed accents on the hooded towels!
The package comes beautifully wrapped with a card stating benefits of bamboo and all business information.  These towels are made with an eco-friendly organic bamboo and organic cotton terry blend that has a slight stretch.  Bamboo is antimicrobial and hypoallergenic, great next to a baby's sensitive skin.  This fabric is UNBELIEVABLY plush, it's the most luxuriously soft fabric I think I've ever touched! Bamboo can hold up to 3X it's weight in liquid, making it super absorbent.  Bamboo is also a sustainable product that biodegrades.  
The edges are serged, but where the hood attaches, it is turned and topstitched. With a double layer of the organic bamboo/cotton blend, it's very warm and comfy.  The inside of the hood is layered with one layer of organic bamboo, to help wick away moisture from baby's hair after a bath and the outside is a cotton knit pattern- I am reviewing the neutral stars, which is great whether you're expecting a boy or a girl!  The Little Lily Organic Bath Set includes a baby sized towel that is 30x30 inches AND two serged 8x8 organic bamboo baby wipes.
My daughter is 26 months old and it still wraps around her!  When baby #4 comes in May, I'll update with a pic of him/her in it then!
After drying off, it barely even feels wet!  We hang it up and reuse it next bath time without worrying about germs accumulating since it's antimicrobial!  Karebear loves this towel, she snuggles to it and I think every baby will feel like a million dollars wrapped in this after bath time! 
What's my favorite thing about Little Lily Bamboo Organic Bath Set?  The fact that the niche for organic bath towels is so small that right now it's easy to support a WAHM/small business is probably my most favorite.  That's rare these days!  However, we adore this towel so much so that everyone in the family now wants one!
Is there anything I'd change about this product?  Not at all.  It's perfect.
I give Little Lily Bamboo a 10/10!

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Sunday, November 22, 2015
If you want a healthy kid, you have to teach them healthy lifestyle choices.  Here's a few healthy habits I reinforce daily with my kids that have helped aim them in the right direction that may be familiar with you as well: 
•Stay well hydrated- about one ounce of water per pound of body weight daily
•Try to eat the rainbow every day- adequate servings of fruits and veggies
• Brush teeth twice a day
During the Make it Green in 2015 Campaign, we've discussed how to make more healthy and ecologically friendly choices for our entire family. When I came across WooBamboo Eco Toothbrushes, I was super excited to know that there is a company that cares about our Earth and the health of my family, just like I do.
WooBamboo was founded by Steve Hyde, Christopher Fous and Tom Burt who are all about the idea of an easy to use product that inspires people to keep making eco-friendly decisions.  By using bamboo from a sustainably harvested, organically grown source, WooBamboo Eco Toothbrushes aren't just eco-friendly but Panda friendly!  The bristles are Dupont Tynex nylon applied to the brush using aluminum staples rather than glue.  When your toothbrush goes kaput, the entire handle will biodegrade!
With plastics ALL around us, we're constantly in an environment with the chemicals used in manufacturing them, such as BPA- a chemical used to strengthen/harden them.  BPA can disrupt the brain, affect behavior (1) and The National Toxicology Program has linked to other health care concerns (2).  Phthalates are chemicals used to mold plastics and are known as a carcinogen (3).  They have also been shown to cause birth defects (4).  Avoiding BPA and Phthalates from coming in contact with your little ones seems to be the healthier way to go.  WooBamboo knows that this is something parents are concerned about and you can be ensured that the entire line of toothbrushes are free from these chemicals.
The kid's line, called SPROUT has bristles that are super soft for sensitive teeth and gums, perfect right from the first tooth.  The handles are ergonomic and sized just for little hands.  WooBamboo Eco Toothbrushes are very appealing with bright double colored bristles, which was something my 5 year old noticed right away- she had to have the pink and blue one!  
WooBamboo Eco Toothbrushes are for kids, adults and there's even a pet line too!  For the adults, the handle options are either Standard or Slim in Super Soft, Soft or Medium bristles.  You can find WooBamboo coming soon to places like Target or Lucky's Market, but right now you can SHOP on Amazon (thank you for supporting my blog by shopping with my Amazon affiliate link)!
WooBamboo continues to show their passion for being eco-friendly by using soy-based ink on recycled packaging that's recyclable!  This is a great company and my experience is wonderful!  I think you'll love WooBamboo too!  
Making small changes, like swapping out your plastic toothbrushes may not seem like it will impact much, but it does.  How many plastic toothbrushes do you throw away a year?  How many per your city?  How many per your state?  You can be the change.  You can teach your kids it's easy to make that change!

What is my favorite thing about this product?  My kids love their WooBamboo Eco Toothbrushes, and I feel confident these toothbrushes are safer than most other toothbrushes available on the market.  My family is proud to be doing something better for our health and for our planet's well-being!
Is there anything I'd change about the product?  I wish WooBamboo would go completely biodegradable, but pig hair in a toothbrush is just wrong in my opinion.  I do not know too much about other natural, plant based fibers that would work, but if there's something available, I'd be happy to have that as an option!
I give WooBamboo a 9.5/10!
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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Something For Everyone Giveaway

Welcome to our 1st annual Something For Everyone Holiday Giveaway!

     Below you will find a wonderful selection of the best holiday gifts you can imagine. Why stress out over Holiday shopping when you can find some great products here! For the kids, the parents, the spouses, the friends, the teachers, the neighbors...! The list gets longer and longer every year. Have no fear, the Mama's are here! MamatheFox and Mama Banana Adventures have teamed up to bring you a HUGE prize package with gifts for all types of people on your list worth $451 arv. Infants and kids, the pet lovers, the manly men, the girly girls, the average homeowner, you get our drift. Please feel free to explore the product reviews and read more about these amazing prizes and the companies who make them. Every product has been reviewed and would make a great addition to your List!

Prize Package Includes:
  • (1) Teach My Kit (winner's choice of Baby. Toddler or Preschooler) - $40 value
  • Baby Laundry New Baby Bundle - $96 value
    • Baby Birds/Pink Stripe Burpie: $17.99
    • Baby Birds/Pink Stripe Cuddle: $17.99
    • Baby Birds/Pink Stripe Baby Blanket: $39.99
    • Pink Swaddler: $19.99
  • (1) Woodie Specs - Wooden Watch - $100 value
  • I See Me! Book (winner choice of book) - $35 value
  • John Paul Pets - Holiday Gift Set (choice of Oatmeal or Tea Tree) - $19.50 value
  • (1) Crane Humidifier - (winners choice of (1) drop or adorable style) - $55 value
Enter below to win! One lucky USA winner will receive all of these prizes Valued at over $420!! Contest will end 12/5 and winner will be e-mailed. Please respond within 48 hours so sponsors can be contacted and ship prizes out in time for the Holidays. Legal residents only, void where prohibited.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015
As parents, we work hard to create positive, healthy living environments for our children. My focus with the Make It Green in 2015 Campaign has led me to be more cautious about chemicals my family may be in contact with. It's very important to be aware of these chemicals and any potential dangers associated.   I started off thinking about things we do day-to-day and realized there's numerous chemicals lurking in our homes that can cause health problems so I spent the entire year cutting off their access.  Now we use natural laundry detergents, fabric softeners, cloth diapers, cloth wipes and reusable paper towels, but that's just the beginning... healthier skin care, and oral care is just as important for you and your family.
BALM! Baby and Taylor's Pure and Natural have a large product line to keep you and your little ones safe from chemicals in the bathroom.  For this review, I was sent the Taylor's Toothpaste, Tooth Powder and BALM! Baby Fresh Out of the Tub.   
I love that it's so easy to know exactly what's in these products- the list is short and simple and only made with natural ingredients.  For example, the Taylor's Tooth Powder ingredients are as follows: oral cleansing & healing herbal blend, activated charcoal, xylitol, sacred clay and pure cinnamon essential oils. 
Do you know what's in your toothpaste?  Ingredients in conventional oral care products may be harmful to your family's health.  Triclosan, an antibacterial added to "prevent gingivitis" found in many brands, has been shown to interfere with hormones according to the National Resources Defense Council (1). Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is a foaming agent added to many brands is actually classified as a skin irritant, expected to be toxic and harmful according to the Skin Deep EWG database (2). Flouride is a natural occuring mineral but did you ever wonder why toothpastes that include flouride come with a warning label saying that ingestion is poisonous to children?  The CDC says, "Children aged 6 years and over are considered past the age that fluoride ingestion can cause fluorosis. In addition, the swallowing reflex has developed sufficiently by age 6 years for most children to be able to control inadvertent swallowing of fluoride toothpaste and mouthrinse."  Flouride ingestion can cause discoloration of the teeth, stomach discomfort, nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness, skin rash around the mouth, increased blood glucose levels and other effects (3).  The best take on all this is to work on preventing your child from being exposed to chemicals like these by using natural products like the Taylor's Toothpaste and Tooth Powder.
In case you're wondering about the tooth powder, activated charcoal is a substance that toxins are attracted to like a magnet- particularly plaque.  It's also well known for being a natural tooth whitening agent, removing stains and has many other benefits.  It is safe and effective when used 2-3 times a week as directed.
All you do is put on the toothpaste on the toothbrush, then dip it softly in the jar of the tooth powder.  Use the toothpaste 2-3 times a day and use the tooth powder 2-3 times a week.
The tooth paste says it's for adult, but it's safe to swallow and 100% natural, a product you can trust with your kids. I tried the cinnamon flavor, however there is also orange, mint and spearmint flavors available.   My kids aren't big cinnamon fans, but the flavor is very subtle.  Our entire family enjoys using Taylor's toothpaste and tooth powder!
And the BALM! Baby Fresh Out of the Tub baby wash/shampoo is amazing! It smells like a lush tropical rainforest!  It suds up into a great lather with or without a washcloth.  My little ones have very sensitive skin- my 5 year old (modeling for this review), has keratosis pilaris and my 2 year old has severe eczema flare ups now that it's winter.  Having the BALM! Baby Fresh Out of the Tub baby wash/shampoo keeps their skin and hair naturally nourished and soft.  My 5 year old has fine, curly hair and since we started using this product, her hair hasn't been as frizzy, it's full of body and shine.  The best part about this not only this product, but all BALM! Baby & Taylor's products is that they are REALLY affordable!  I have spent more on toothpastes, tooth whiteners, shampoo and bath products in the local supermarket, without all the benefits I've seen from using BALM! Baby & Taylor's products!
What is my favorite thing about this product?  Everything!!! I love that I feel safe using these products with my entire family! Not only are they 100% natural but they're also cruelty-free- I want to keep all animals from unnecessary and often harmful experiments. PLUS they're packaged in eco-friendly/recyclable containers, keeping our planet clean.
Is there anything I'd change about this product? The only complaint I can come up with is that the bath wash/shampoo is not tear free- you should avoid contact with eyes... But there's ways to get around this problem for the most part!  I am very pleased with this experience and will continue supporting this company by purchasing more products!
Here's the scores!
I give BALM! Baby Fresh Out of the Tub a 10/10!
I give Taylor's Toothpaste a 10/10!
I give Taylor's Tooth Powder a 10/10!
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